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Old 12-05-2010, 12:42 PM
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Question Whirlpool compacter throwing cotter pin off of drive assembly
Model Number: GX900QPPS2   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Today I had our compactor stop working with the ram halfway down after starting the compactor. I took it out and checked the lower gears and the unit is throwing the cotter pin that holds the plastic drive gear in place. I replaced it and did a test run and it threw it again, only this time, it cracked the drive gear as well. Anyone have any suggestions on why it's doing this? It popped the cotter pin twice at the bottom of the compacting cycle if this makes any difference. Thanks in advance.


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